impulse! (jazz label active during the 60s-70s, now property of Universal Music Group, mainly used as a reissue label.)

~ Label

Annotation

"The new wave of jazz is on impulse!"

One of the mythic names in the jazz industry, impulse! has been known as "the house that Trane built".
The first activity period under ABC is the glorious one - covering the 60s until 1974 - with an emphasis on free jazz.
New production eventually faded out during the late 70s, though ABC continued to print reissues.
Sold to MCA in 1979, it was almost silent until being folded in under GRP in 1990, which eventually became the Verve Music Group. It has since been mainly reissuing its own stuff only - with a few exceptions: a handful of remix releases and commercial jazz stuff, a few new releases by artists with ties to the former impulse!, and a serie of new compilations and anthology box sets.
This reissue campaign intensified starting 1995, with enhanced/remastered reissues, etc.

Sleeves have a distinctive black and orange design, and sparse liner notes.
Note the label name is correctly capped as "impulse!" (see logos for symetry between "i" and "!").
Catalog numbers were as follow:
* First period: A # (mono) AS # (stereo) AQ # (quadraphonic, not all releases) with # from 1 to 100, then appending a 9 (eg: 9101 up to 9361). Two discs sets used an additional /2. There is a promotional (AS 1974) as well, and a rare 29000 serie (29065 to 29073)
* 1980s: MCD, MCAD
* 1991-1995: prefix GRD optionally followed by one digit (number of discs in the set) followed by a three digit catalog number. Example: GRD2113 (3 discs set)
* 1995-1999: prefix IMPD optionally followed by one digit (number of discs in the set) followed by a three digit catalog number. Example: IMPD8280 (8 discs set)
* 1999-2003: used a subset of the barcode. Example 3145479582 for 731454795821
* 2003-*: prefix B, followed by three zeros, followed by a four digits cat #, followed by 02 for CD, 16 for SACD. Example: B000427002
* some rare Universal Japanese release used cat # like UCCI-####

For a more indepth history, you may consult The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, Ashley Kahn, 2006, W.W. Norton.

Yet unconfirmed:
Note that there appear to exist 7" EP releases for some (?) of the 12".
Currently spotted: at ebay at discogs
Or even reel-2-reel EPs: at ebay
They don't seem to bear a distinctive cat #...
More:
at ebay
at ebay
Shirley Scott Everybody...

Notes:
Don't forget to sort out the Jasmine reissues.

Annotation last modified on 2007-07-12 11:19 UTC.

Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
The Great Kai & J.J. Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson 12" Vinyl 11 A 1
Genius + Soul = Jazz Ray Charles 12" Vinyl 10 A 2
The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones Kai Winding 12" Vinyl 10 A 3
Out of the Cool The Gil Evans Orchestra Vinyl 5 A 4
The Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson 12" Vinyl 6 A 5
Africa/Brass John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 3 A 6
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 6 A-7
Percussion Bitter Sweet Max Roach Vinyl 6 A 8
The Great Kai & J.J. Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson 12" Vinyl 11 AS 1
Genius + Soul = Jazz Ray Charles 12" Vinyl 10 AS 2
The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones Kai Winding Vinyl 10 AS 3
Out of the Cool The Gil Evans Orchestra 12" Vinyl 5 AS 4
The Blues and the Abstract Truth Oliver Nelson 12" Vinyl 6 AS 5
Africa/Brass John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 3 AS 6
Africa/Brass The John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 3 AS-6
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Vinyl 6 AS 7
Percussion Bitter Sweet Max Roach 12" Vinyl 6 AS 8
Percussion Bitter Sweet Max Roach 12" Vinyl 6 AS-8
The Blues and the Abstract Truth Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson, Paul Chambers, Freddie Hubbard 12" Vinyl 6 STEREO A-5
Africa Brass Sessions, Volume 2 John Coltrane (unknown) 3 022925464828
After Six / Before Six Larry Frazier Vinyl 2 45-205 [none]
"Live" at the Village Vanguard John Coltrane Vinyl 3 A 10
The Quintessence Quincy Jones and His Orchestra Vinyl 8 A 11
Further Definitions Benny Carter and His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 8 A 12
Soul Trombone Curtis Fuller Vinyl 6 A 13
Statements Milt Jackson 12" Vinyl 8 A 14
Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 Vinyl 8 A 15
It's Time Max Roach Vinyl 6 A 16
The Song Is Paris Jackie Paris 12" Vinyl 11 A 17
Inception McCoy Tyner 12" Vinyl 6 A 18
Jazz Goes to the Movies Manny Albam Vinyl 9 A 19
2 3 4 Shelly Manne 12" Vinyl 6 A 20
Coltrane John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 5 A 21
Cabin in the Sky Curtis Fuller Vinyl 10 A 22
Out of the Afternoon Roy Haynes Quartet Vinyl 7 A 23
Alarums and Excursions Michael Brown Vinyl 12 A 24
Morality Oscar Brand Vinyl 13 A 25
Desafinado Coleman Hawkins Vinyl 8 A 28
Into the Hot The Gil Evans Orchestra Vinyl 6 A 9
"Live" at the Village Vanguard John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 3 AS 10 [none]
The Quintessence Quincy Jones and His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 8 AS 11
Further Definitions Benny Carter and His Orchestra Vinyl 8 AS 12
Soul Trombone Curtis Fuller Vinyl 6 AS 13
Statements Milt Jackson Vinyl 8 AS 14
Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 Vinyl 8 AS 15
It's Time Max Roach Vinyl 6 AS 16
The Song Is Paris Jackie Paris Vinyl 11 AS 17
Inception McCoy Tyner 12" Vinyl 6 AS 18
Jazz Goes to the Movies Manny Albam Vinyl 9 AS 19
2 3 4 Shelly Manne Vinyl 6 AS 20
Coltrane John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 5 AS 21
Cabin in the Sky Curtis Fuller Vinyl 10 AS 22
Out of the Afternoon Roy Haynes Quartet Vinyl 7 AS 23
Alarums and Excursions Michael Brown Vinyl 12 AS 24
Morality Oscar Brand Vinyl 13 AS 25
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins 12" Vinyl 8 AS 26 [none]
Desafinado Coleman Hawkins Vinyl 8 AS 28
Into the Hot The Gil Evans Orchestra Vinyl 6 AS 9
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins Vinyl 8 A 26
The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard Freddie Hubbard Vinyl 5 A 27
Passin' Thru Chico Hamilton Vinyl 6 A 29
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (Mono release) Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Vinyl 7 A 30
George Wein & The Newport All-Stars George Wein & The Newport All-Stars 12" Vinyl 8 A 31
Ballads (mono) John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 8 A 32
Reaching Fourth McCoy Tyner Vinyl 6 A 33
Today and Now Coleman Hawkins Vinyl 7 A 34
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Original mono release) Charles Mingus 12" Vinyl 4 A 35 [none]
Americans in Europe, Volume 1 Various Artists 12" Vinyl 6 A 36
Americans in Europe, Volume 2 Various Artists Vinyl 7 A 37
Nights of Ballads and Blues McCoy Tyner Vinyl 8 A 39
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman 12" Vinyl 6 A 40
Cleopatra Feelin' Jazzy Paul Gonsalves Vinyl 7 A 41
Impressions John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 4 A 42 [none]
Now! Sonny Stitt 12" Vinyl 8 A-43
Salt and Pepper Sonny Stitt & Paul Gonsalves 12" Vinyl 5 A-52
The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard Freddie Hubbard 12" Vinyl 5 AS 27
Passin' Thru Chico Hamilton Vinyl 6 AS 29
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (Stereo release) Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Vinyl 7 AS 30
George Wein & The Newport All-Stars George Wein & The Newport All-Stars Vinyl 8 AS 31
Ballads (stereo) John Coltrane Quartet 12" Vinyl 8 AS 32
Reaching Fourth McCoy Tyner Vinyl 6 AS 33
Today and Now Coleman Hawkins Vinyl 7 AS 34
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Original stereo release) Charles Mingus 12" Vinyl 4 AS 35 [none]
Americans in Europe, Volume 1 Various Artists Vinyl 6 AS 36
Americans in Europe, Volume 2 Various Artists Vinyl 7 AS 37
Nights of Ballads and Blues McCoy Tyner Vinyl 8 AS 39
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman 12" Vinyl 6 AS 40
Cleopatra Feelin' Jazzy Paul Gonsalves Vinyl 7 AS 41
Impressions John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 4 AS 42
Now! Sonny Stitt Vinyl 8 AS 43
I Just Dropped by to Say Hello Johnny Hartman 12" Vinyl 11 AS 57
The Body & The Soul Freddie Hubbard Vinyl 9 A 38
Gordon Jenkins Presents My Wife the Blues Singer Beverly Jenkins 12" Vinyl 10 A 44
A Jazz Message Art Blakey Quartet Vinyl 6 A 45
Point of Departure Gary McFarland 12" Vinyl 7 A 46
Soul Sisters Gloria Coleman feat. Pola Roberts 12" Vinyl 6 A 47 [none]
Live at Newport McCoy Tyner Vinyl 5 A 48
Illumination! Elvin Jones & Jimmy Garrison Sextet 12" Vinyl 6 A 49
Live at Birdland John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 A 50
For Members Only Shirley Scott 12" Vinyl 8 A 51